Robert George Collier Proctor: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

A collection of papers and letters, mostly by or to R. Proctor, relating to Greek type: (fo. 1) list of books in Cambridge University Library to be photographed for the Type Facsimile Society, October 1900, in the hand of R. Proctor and a second hand; (fo. 37) copy of the title-page of Bartholomew Traheron, Exposition of parte of S. Johannes Gospel ([Wesel], 1557), in the hand of R. Proctor; (fos 38-142) correspondence and accounts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert George Collier Proctor (1868-1903), bibliographer, was born in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, on 13 May 1868. He was educated at a preparatory school in Reading and at Marlborough College, before joining Bath College in 1881. In 1886 he entered Corpus Christi College, Oxford (B.A., 1890). Proctor worked at the Bodleian Library from 1891 to 1893, where he catalogued incunabula. In 1893 he became assistant in the printed books department at the British Museum, where he was employed for the rest of his life. Proctor devised a new Greek type and compiled an Index of early printed books to the year MD (1898). He disappeared while on a walking tour in Tyrol in 1903.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Fos 1-129 were presented by Sir S.C. Cockerell; fos 130-142 were presented by E.P. Prince, 1909.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Proctor in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1901-1911, Vol. III (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 140-141.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds letters of Proctor written to George Dunn, MS.Add.5345.